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Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

College’s welding expansion includes new robotic equipment

CLOOS Robotic Welding has entrusted a QRC 320 upright robot with V9 controller to Pennsylvania College of Technology. With the equipment in the college’s welding lab are, from left, Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding; Aaron E. Biddle, instructor of welding; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations; and James N. Colton, assistant professor of welding.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s expanded welding instructional facility is home to new equipment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc.

The company – known for its pre-engineered and custom-engineered robots and welding equipment – is entrusting one of its QRC 320 upright robots with V9 controller to the college. The unit is an enhanced version of the robotic welder CLOOS provided to the college in 2014.

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Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Suicide awareness campaign features students’ designs

Luke A. Bierly's design depicts a chair being assembled.

The design talents of three Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students are showing up on local billboards and in mental health awareness materials being distributed to local businesses.

As part of a suicide prevention campaign aimed at educating working-aged men, 25 to 60, the students’ skills were enlisted by the SPIRIT (Suicide Prevention through Information, Referral, Intervention and Training) Coalition, an alliance of campus and community behavioral health resources.

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Faculty & Staff

New full-time faculty, librarians begin fall semester

Among new faculty and librarians are: (front row from left) Scanlon, Motel, Campbell and Turnbach; and (back row from left) Waugh, Warner, Wolfe, Suzadail, Bell, Nagy, Marconnet and Warren. Not pictured are Shelinski, Starkey and Weaver.

Penn College welcomes 15 new full-time faculty and librarians to begin the Fall 2019 semester.  The cohort represents a wealth of industry and academic expertise, directly supporting institutional values of providing a hands-on education in a student-centered environment. “Our new faculty and librarians present a wide range of innovative perspectives and skills,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to see the impact they have on our students and the contributions they make within their respective departments.”

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Events Gallery Library

‘Graffiti Scapes’ photography exhibit at Penn College gallery

Graffiti Scapes,” Michael Hower’s exhibit of digital photographs focusing on ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic – including "Biscuits" – is on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 6.

A fascination with abandoned buildings and landscapes inspired Enola resident Michael Hower to begin working in digital photography seven years ago. His current body of work, “Graffiti Scapes,” focusing on ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic, is on display at The Gallery at Penn College now through Oct. 6.

A reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, featuring a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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Faculty & Staff Sports

Senior administrator appointed to NCAA Division III committee

Elliott Strickland

J. Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was selected to serve on the NCAA Division III Membership Committee.

Strickland’s four-year term on the 10-member committee runs through August 2023, and he is eligible for reappointment. He is representing the North Eastern Athletic Conference; 12 Penn College Wildcat Athletics teams compete in the NEAC.

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Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff President Students

Collegial campus officially says, ‘Welcome!’

Wrestling and Residence Life team members revel in a fun moment with President Davie Jane Gilmour. From left are Dylan R. Gettys (wrestler), Terrance E. Davis, Residence Life upperclassmen area coordinator; Richard E. Shnyder, assistant wrestling coach; Gilmour; Resident Assistant Joseph “Joey” C. Suto; Colin J. Jens (wrestler) and head wrestling coach Jamie R. Miller.

Oppressive heat was no match for Saturday’s impressive help to first-year students, as accessible members of the campus community eased the anxiety and/or excitement of entire collegiate carloads. Anecdotal evidence confirmed a corresponding drop in stress levels with every helping hand, and – as there was ample representation from administration, faculty/staff, alumni, student-athletes and their classmates – that’s a lot of hands! The first day of Welcome Weekend ended with a convocation procession into Rose Street Commons, along with introductory remarks, the return of a favorite hypnotist and fireworks to light the official start of the Fall 2019 semester. Activities continued Sunday, including a special orientation focused on the challenges that veterans and military students may face in their first-year transition to college. And on Monday, students grabbed their schedules, campus maps, a steely dose of confidence … and snacks from Wildcat Welcome stations conveniently located on the road to early morning classes.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly

Exciting times for Penn College athletics

Roar, Wildcats, roar!

A new-look athletic complex. Four new hall of fame members. A new coach coming in. Some new faces in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Those are among the changes in the wind for the 2019-20 athletic seasons at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Our kids reported on Wednesday and it totally changed how things are – the excitement and energy they come with is awesome,” said John Vandevere, director of athletics.

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Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students

Global Learning Fund to help students expand horizons

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s endowed Global Learning Fund features a financial commitment from J. Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost. Students participating in Penn College’s semester exchange or short-term experience programs will be eligible for awards from the fund.

Students looking to broaden their perspectives and experience other cultures through worldwide travel and educational opportunities will benefit from a new fund established by two senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The college’s first endowed Global Learning Fund features a financial commitment from Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and J. Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs.

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Events Faculty & Staff General Information Sports Students

On-campus statue honors longtime Little League connection

Onlookers line the Hagan Way entrance (clearly marked as Wildcat turf) for the big reveal.
Onlookers line the Hagan Way entrance (clearly marked as Wildcat turf) for the big reveal.
President Gilmour thanks the college employees who found a campus home for the sculpture, noting their involvement embodies the teamwork ethos of Little League.
President Gilmour thanks the college employees who found a campus home for the sculpture, noting their involvement embodies the teamwork ethos of Little League.
Student-athletes lift the covering, stitched together in Penn College's signature blue and gray, to bring the "Bases Loaded" outfielder to daylight.
Student-athletes lift the covering, stitched together in Penn College’s signature blue and gray, to bring the “Bases Loaded” outfielder to daylight.
The president joins the student-athletes alongside the statue they unveiled. From left are Nathan D. Holt, of Shippensburg; Olivia R. Hemstock, of Northford, Conn.; Max A. Conrad, of Hagerstown, Md.; and Gillian D. Sinnott, of Sykesville, Md.
The president joins the student-athletes alongside the statue they unveiled. From left are Nathan D. Holt, of Shippensburg; Olivia R. Hemstock, of Northford, Conn.; Max A. Conrad, of Hagerstown, Md.; and Gillian D. Sinnott, of Sykesville, Md.
Wildcat pitcher Holt (14) poses with his numerically linked "teammate."
Wildcat pitcher Holt (14) poses with his numerically linked “teammate.”

A bronze sculpture of a left fielder, the latest installation in the communitywide “Bases Loaded” project, was unveiled in a brief ceremony near Penn College’s main entrance Friday morning. Wearing No. 14, in commemoration of the institution’s 1914 founding, the player stands at the northeast corner of the turning circle outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. “Our connection to the Little League program is one we’re very proud of,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, a member and former chair of the Little League International Board of Directors. Fresh from a college picnic for Little League Baseball World Series participants prior to Wednesday’s Grand Slam Parade, Gilmour noted that the eyes of the world are on Williamsport … and the statue “brings a little piece of that world to our campus.” Wildcat baseball and softball players joined in the unveiling, which was attended by a number of Wildcat student-athletes, coaches and administrators, as well as college employees. In addition to the president, speakers were Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce; and Amy J. Brooks, of Susquehanna Trailways, who chairs the Chamber’s Visitors Bureau Operating Committee. Other statues – strategically placed to call attention to the area’s abundant attractions – are at Market Square, the Trade & Transit Centre II Plaza, the Original Little League complex, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, and the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center campus. The project was launched in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball and will culminate in 2021 with the 75th anniversary of the Little League Baseball World Series.

Faculty & Staff President

Semester of ‘exploration, cooperation and collaboration’ begins

With the undeniable promise (and inevitable hiccups) of the 2019-20 year front and center on the agenda, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour met with faculty and staff Thursday morning to chart a confident course for the fall semester. After recapping a typically busy summer – marked by newsworthy accomplishments across the board, some of them record-breaking – she closed with a deliberative strategy for navigating the not-so-smooth path. “We have serious challenges ahead,” the president told her all-college audience in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, “and we can meet them with a commitment to our mission and to continued exploration, cooperation and collaboration. It will require careful and measured use of our resources. I have full faith that we will respond to the urgency at hand.”

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Faculty & Staff

Employees engaged for shift to ‘Industry 4.0’

Snider takes the stage during an open session for campus employees.
Snider takes the stage during an open session for campus employees.
The speaker points to New Kensington's collaborative approach as a workable revitalization model for the Penn College community.
The speaker points to New Kensington’s collaborative approach as a workable revitalization model for the Penn College community.

The chancellor of Penn State New Kensington addressed Penn College faculty and staff Thursday morning, championing education’s role – in partnership with the greater community, business and industry, and local and regional government – in developing a skilled workforce for the fourth industrial revolution. Kevin J.G. Snider enlisted his campuswide audience to replicate the success of New Kensington’s “Nextovation” program in meeting the needs and challenges of “Industry 4.0,” the next step in history’s march from mechanization to mass production to automation and computerization. Taking a multi-sector approach to the transformation of a Rust Belt community to the digital age, Snider’s “small campus with a big idea” launched a number of initiatives: a Corridor of Innovation, revitalizing a five-block area with small businesses, green space, bike racks and other civic improvements; “The Corner,” a Penn State-assisted center for entrepreneurial learning, collaborative work environments and community activity; a state-of-the-art digital makerspace; and ongoing workforce development to “prepare students for a world that most people don’t know exists yet.” Snider and his team (Joseph Cuiffi, assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electromechanical engineering technology; Stephen B. Leonard, an industry-based innovation manager; and Patricia Hollinger, director of continuing education) toured Penn College on Wednesday, emerging with nothing but praise for President Davie Jane Gilmour, the employees and students with whom they met, and the instructional facilities that they explored. “It’s an amazing, amazing place,” Snider told the morning assembly in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.